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Blue Room Tips: Studio Etiquette

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    Did you just book your first recording session with Blue Room Productions?

    Maybe you’ve recorded before, but would like your session to be more efficient?

    Take a look at our general studio etiquette practices to make sure that everyone has a creative, productive, and efficient session together. These best practices can take place between the artist and the engineer or even with fellow band members.

    Now let’s get through this list before your session!

    1. Arrive on time!

    Never have your engineer or band mates waiting on you. Your session will start at the time it was scheduled, regardless if you are there or not! If you can no longer make your scheduled time, be sure to contact the studio with at least 24 hours advance notice to avoid a last minute cancellation penalty. This is your career, being the “late one” is never a great label to have.

    2. Remember who the experts are.

    Trust the judgment of your engineer, your producer, and your fellow musicians. Listen to their feedback and criticism and don’t take it personally. They are there to help take your song to the next level, so don’t be offended if someone doesn’t like your lyrics, or tells you that you were a bit out of tune on that last take. Our staff of experienced engineers will work alongside you to help develop your vision of your song, so listen critically to their feedback and advice.

    3. Use your judgment before expressing your opinion.

    Remind yourself that when you’re offering your opinion or feedback about the song– whether it’s yours or someone else’s, the song you are critiquing is someone’s art. It’s a very personal thing to share with a room of musicians, and engineers, some of which they may be meeting for the first time. Be courteous and constructive with your feedback. Yes, sometimes a creative idea may pop into your head, but make sure it’s the right time and the right place to express your opinion, and that you are prepared to take that extra time to work the “idea” out. Use your judgment to “read the room”. Bands: try to establish a systematic way of handling disagreements. Who has the final say if a new idea does occur? This helps to keep arguments from taking up your precious time to record your music. Decisions regarding the song’s arrangement, lyrics, instrumentation, tempo, key, and structure, should all be decided at your band’s rehearsal, not at the last minute when it’s time to record the song in-studio.

    4. Alleviate as many distractions as possible.

    Avoid distractions during your schedule studio session, such as cell phones, tablets, social media or even that one friend/girlfriend/boyfriend/cousin who says they are an engineer/producer. We strongly suggest only inviting your colleagues who are an essential part of the recording session. Leave your friends and others who are not essential for the session at home. Their opinions may actually create a distraction in the studio, and waste your studio time.

    5. Treat the session like any other workplace.

    Try to avoid potential conversational “buzz kill” topics, such as politics, religion, family and/or money. Save those conversations for after your studio session. Wouldn’t want it to get to personal and the focus of your music get lost in the heated convo.

    6. Finally… RELAX!

    Leave your personal problems at the door. The studio is both a place of work to lay down your best ideas as a musician, and simultaneously allows you to experiment and discover qualities or features of your music you might have never known before.

    Hopefully these tips have been helpful as you prepare for your next studio session.

    We would love to help develop your upcoming music project! Please contact us by phone or email with any questions about the studio, or to schedule a studio tour and consultation with one of our engineers. Click to learn more: blueroommusicstudio.com

     

     

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